Vietnam War Bibliography:


Robert M. Blackburn, Mercenaries and Lyndon Johnson's "More Flags": The Hiring of Korean, Filipino and Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994. 176 pp.

Joseph W. Callaway, Jr., Mekong First Light. New York: Presidio (Ballantine), 2004. viii, 256 pp. Lt. Callaway arrived in Vietnam in December 1966 as a platoon leader in C Company, 2/60 Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Pages 142-154 cover a period when he worked with Thai troops of the regiment called the Queen's Cobras. In June 1967, he was sent to Thailand to advise the Thai troops, and help them train in preparation for Vietnam service. They deployed to Vietnam in September 1967. Callaway served as a liaison between the Queen's Cobras and the U.S. 9th Infantry Division for a few weeks after that.

Paul T. Carter, "Thai Forward Air Guides in the Covert War in Laos," Studies in Intelligence 64:1 (March 2020), pp. 31-43.

Marjorie Doughty, Memoirs of an Insignificant Dragon. Atlanta: Allegro Press, 1999. 353 pp. Doughty, the wife of an AID official, arrived in South Vietnam in 1962, bringing her small son. She lived in Saigon while her husband was working in Binh Dinh. She and her son were evacuated as part of the general evacuation of American dependents in 1965. After that she lived in Thailand for many years, with her husband working for AID sometimes in Thailand and sometimes in Vietnam.

David Howard Emery, "Interview with David Howard Emery." Oral history interview, conducted by Monty Hostetler, February 8, 1990. 26 pp. Emery served a tour from December 1972 to December 1973 at Korat, as an aircraft maintenance technician. He says there was a lot of drug use. The text is copyright by, and has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of, the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.

Daniel Fineman, A Special Relationship: The United States and Military Government in Thailand, 1947-1958.  Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997.  viii, 357 pp.

Robert James Flynn, "Preserving the Hub: United States-Thai Relations during the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, History, University of Kentucky, 2001. AAT 3003455. iv, 339 pp. The full text is available online if you are browsing the Internet from an institution, such as Clemson University, that has a subscription to ProQuest "Dissertations and Theses: Full Text."

Ronnie Ridley George, Airspeed, Altitude, and a Sense of Humor: The Adventures of a Jet Tanker Pilot. Austin, Texas: Eakin Press, 2001. xi, 94 pp. George flew the KC-135 tanker, refueling other aircraft. Chapter 10 (pp. 58-63) describes Glasser's experiences at U-Tapao, in Thailand, in 1968.

Jeffrey D. Glasser, The Secret Vietnam War: The United States Air Force in Thailand, 1961-1975. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1995. xxiv, 263 pp. This is an overall history, not a memoir of Glasser's own tours in Thailand doing maintenance on electronic warfare systems, in the late stages of the war. Note technical specs on munitions--bombs, rockets, napalm, CBU--in Appendix.

Donald Kirk, Wider War: The Struggle for Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. New York: Praeger, 1971.  x, 305 pp.

Arne Kislenko, "'Bamboo in the Wind': United States Foreign Policy and Thailand during the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, 1961-1969." Ph.D. dissertation, History, University of Toronto, 2000. 359 pp. AAT NQ49905.

Colonel Chaiyo Krasin, Royal Thai Army, "Military Civic Action in Thailand" Military Review, January 1968 (vol. XLVIII, no. 1), pp. 73-77.

Lt. Col. Frederick J. Kroesen, USA, "The Precarious Position of Thailand." Military Review, XLIV:12 (December 1964), pp. 60-69.

James W. "Bill" Lair, As Told to Thomas L. Ahern, Jr., "An Excellent Idea!" Leading Surrogate Warfare in Southeast Asia, 1951-1970—A Personal Account. Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, 2022. xi, 195 pp. Lair played an important role as a CIA adviser to Thailand's Police Aerial Reinforcement Unit (PARU) and to Vang Pao's Hmong guerrillas in Laos.

Thomas A. Marks, "Thailand: Anatomy of a Counterinsurgency Victory" Military Review, January-February 2007 (vol. LXXXVII, no. 1), pp. 35-51.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Documents about the Collusion between the Thailand Authorities and the U.S. Ruling Circles in the War of Aggression in Viet Nam. Hanoi, 1966. 79 pp.

Donald E. Nuechterlein, "Thailand: Another Vietnam?" Military Review, June 1967 (vol. XLVII, no. 6), pp. 59-63. Digested from an article pubished in Asian Survey, February 1967.

Franklin Mark Osanka and Lt. Gen. Saiyud Kerdphol, Royal Thai Army, "Civic Action in Thailand." Military Review, December 1968 (vol. XLVIII, no. 12), pp. 46-50.

Sutayat Osornprasop, "Thailand and the Secret War in Laos: The Origins of Engagement," in Malcolm H. Murfett, ed., Cold War Southeast Asia (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2012).

Sudina Paungpetch, "Domino by design: Thai-U.S. relations during the Vietnam War." Ph.D. dissertation, Texas A & M University, History, 2011. 472 pp.

Jeffrey Race, "The War in Northern Thailand", Modern Asian Studies, 8:1 (1974), pp. 85-112. If you browse the Internet through an institution that has subscribed to JSTOR, you can access the text directly or go through the JSTOR Modern Asian Studies browse page.

Richard Alfred Ruth, "Committed to the fire: Thailand's volunteer soldiers in the Vietnam War, 1967-1972." Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University, 2007. 495 pp. AAT 3289915.

Richard A. Ruth, In Buddha's Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 201. x, 275 pp.

Jack Sikora and Larry Westin, Batcats: The United States Air Force 553rd Reconnaissance Wing in Southeast Asia. Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2003. x, 157 pp. EC-121R Super Constellations, based at Korat in Northeast Thailand, beginning late in 1967.

Smairob Suthiwart-Narueput, "A Strategy for Survival of Thailand: Reappraisal and Readjustment in Her Alliances (1969-1976)." Ph.D. dissertation, Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 1980. 295 pp. AAT 8016934.

U.S. Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Report. A collection of articles from the media (newspapers and radio broadcasts) of Thailand, in May 1975, many of them relating to the Mayaguez incident, has been placed online in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project, at Texas Tech University in three parts: May 14-16, 1975,   May 16-21, 1975,   May 21, 1975.

Justus M. van der Kroef, "Organizing Counter-Insurgency: The Thai Experience," South-East Asian Spectrum [published by SEATO Headquarters, Bangkok], Vol. 2, no. 2 (January 1974), pp. 45- . The text has been placed on-line in the Virtual Vietnam Archive of the Vietnam Project at Texas Tech University.

George J, Viksnins, "United States Military Spending and the Economy of Thailand, 1967-1972", Asian Survey 13:5 (May 1973), pp. 441-457. If you browse the Internet through an institution that has subscribed to JSTOR, you can access the text directly or go through the JSTOR Asian Survey browse page.

Eric Wakin, Anthropology Goes to War: Professional Ethics & Counterinsurgency in Thailand. Monograph Number 7. Madison: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, 1992. 319 pp. A major controversy erupted in 1970 in the American Anthropological Association, over charges that the connections between anthropological research and counterinsurgency programs in Thailand had violated professional ethics.

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